Final

Series: Game 4 of 4

Atlanta won 3-1

Game 1: Thursday, July 15
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Atlanta8
Game 2: Friday, July 16
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Atlanta1
Game 3: Saturday, July 17
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Atlanta6
Game 4: Sunday, July 18
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Expos 5

(32-59, 14-32 away)

Braves 16

(48-43, 25-20 home)

1:05 PM ET, July 18, 2004

Turner Field, Atlanta, Georgia 

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W: J. Thomson (7-7)

L: S. Downs (1-4)

Series sweep gives Braves 6 straight wins

ATLANTA (AP) -- The Atlanta Braves charged back toward the top of the NL East without much help from Chipper Jones. Now that he's found his swing, their chances at winning a 13th straight division title have improved.

Jones finished a double short of the cycle, Eli Marrero hit a grand slam in the first inning and the Atlanta Braves routed the Montreal Expos 16-5 Sunday.

Atlanta won its sixth straight series by taking three of four from Montreal, and the Braves moved into a tie with the Philadelphia Phillies atop the NL East. Both teams are 48-43 heading into a two-game series that starts Monday night.

"We took two of three from them in Philadelphia, and now we've got them here," Jones said. "I like our chances."

A sore hamstring has limited Jones to only 69 games this season, and he came into Sunday's game batting .217. He raised his average nine points with the three hits, and he also drove in four runs.

"I dug myself a pretty big hole," Jones said. "I've struggled with my swing. But it's not how you start, it's how you finish. I feel I can go out and help this team win the division, and that's the most important thing."

J.D. Drew extended his career-best hitting streak to 15 games with two singles, and John Thomson (7-7) allowed three runs and eight hits in five innings to win for the first time in three starts.

Before the game, the Expos traded outfielder Carl Everett to the White Sox for minor league pitchers Jon Rauch and Gary Majewski. Everett played the final 73 games of last season for Chicago after starting 2003 with Texas, and has played just 39 games this year because of injuries.

"We didn't get a chance to see Carl Everett at the top of his game," Expos manager Frank Robinson said. "When he left spring training, he was in A-1 shape. Then he got hurt, and I don't think he ever recovered."

Tony Batista had a two-run homer and a double for Montreal, 3-10 against Atlanta this season. Endy Chavez, Terrmel Sledge, Juan Rivera and Jamey Carroll had two hits each.

Marrero's third career grand slam capped a five-run first off Scott Downs (1-4), whose victory last weekend over Pittsburgh was the first for a Montreal left-handed starter in 500 games since Matt Blank beat the New York Mets on June 21, 2001.

Downs didn't make it out of the third.

Drew singled, Jones homered, and Julio Franco and Andruw Jones chased Downs with back-to-back singles. Sunny Kim took over and loaded the bases with a walk to Marrero, then forced a run home by hitting Eddie Perez with a pitch.

Thomson and Rafael Furcal had run-scoring singles and, one out later, Kim forced in a run by walking Drew.

"I don't know if it was rust or what," Downs said. "I'm a location guy, and when I'm not locating, I have problems."

He allowed nine runs and seven hits in two innings.

"We couldn't throw the ball over the plate," Robinson said. "That was a lot of pitches. A lot of balls. No pitching, no chance."

Montreal wasted an opportunity to get back in the game in the second when two runners got thrown out at home.

Juan Rivera singled, then tried to score on a double to the wall in right-center by Sledge. But Andruw Jones quickly relayed the ball to shortstop Rafael Furcal, who whirled and made a perfect to throw to catcher Eddie Perez.

After Einar Diaz singled and Downs sacrificed, Chavez singled up the middle to bring in Sledge. But Andruw Jones threw to Perez in time to get Diaz, ending the inning and protecting a 5-1 lead.

Game notes


Everett was pulled from the lineup about 30 minutes before the game. ... The Braves don't have an open date until Aug. 2, a run of 18 straight games after the All-Star break. ... Montreal SS Orlando Cabrera pinch hit in the fourth and played in his 259th consecutive game, tying Rusty Staub for the second-longest streak in Expos' history.

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